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On the occasion of International Youth Day, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and UNICEF officially launch the “Learning Passport” digital platform to benefit 100,000 young people in Iraq [EN/AR] – Iraq

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The platform builds on ongoing work developed by the Prospects Partnership, funded by the Netherlands, and implemented by UNICEF and the ILO, to help refugees and IDPs build new lives. and better integrate by supporting host communities.

Mosul, August 13, 2022 – On the occasion of the International Youth Day, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, together with UNICEF, officially launched at the University of Mosul the “Learning Passport”, an online education platform , to address the learning crisis and bridge the digital divide in Iraq.

Under the theme, “The Young Generations are the National Treasure in Recovery and Reconstruction”, the launch event included a keynote address by HE Mr. Adnan Darjal, Minister of Youth and Sports, followed by remarks by Mr. Najem Al-Juboori, Ninawah Governor, and Ms. Paula Bulancea, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Iraq The speeches were accompanied by a presentation of the youth-led learning passport and an art exhibition organized by groups young people.

“I am speaking to young people, don’t give up, your country needs you! Young people have struggled in recent years to gain freedom and have their voices heard and to have their needs matter, including their educational needs. So many countries are suffering from such scarcity, and here we are trying to push ourselves so that young people have the life they deserve and achieve the SDGs,” said Minister of Youth and Sports, Adnan Darjal. “It is our responsibility in the years to come to pursue the reforms necessary for young people to ensure their involvement in social life and to fill the budget gap to cover their needs in education, health and prevention, and for young people to develop their skills, especially those needed. in the labor market. »

The Learning Passport is part of UNICEF’s broader efforts to accelerate and improve access to quality education and learning for every child and young person. The platform supports blended learning and skills building opportunities for youth and adolescents from the most vulnerable groups, including forcibly displaced people and host communities.

“We must ensure that learning takes place along several flexible paths, with a vision of transition to employment. When young people receive the support and resources they need, they will be innovative problem solvers capable of designing, leading and implementing projects and services that can help their entire communities. said Ms. Paula Bulancea, Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Iraq, during her speech at the University of Mosul.

So far, the Learning Passport has reached 4,647 young people (40% girls) in Iraq from Anbar, Baghdad, Dohuk and Salahaddin with a wide range of learning resources and skills, including skills of life and active citizenship, the teen expression kit and innovation, gender equality and many more. After the national launch with the ministry, the platform is expected to benefit 100,000 young people by 2024 in Iraq.

For International Youth Day, a survey was organized via U-Report Iraq. The Learning Passport survey showed that 24% of respondents have heard of Learning Passport and 27% have taken at least one course on the platform. The survey results also showed that young people are interested in taking digital courses to improve their English, soft and technical skills, and advocacy courses on various topics including education, health and nutrition.

The Learning Passport is a digital innovation developed by UNICEF in partnership with Microsoft and the University of Cambridge to enable access to quality and inclusive learning and skills development. The Learning Passport provides young people and children with the tools to support their learning, whether at school, at home or in hard-to-reach areas. The Learning Passport was rolled out to Iraq in September 2020 and is currently available on the web and mobile app for children and youth, soon also offline, for continued access to learning materials. It is constantly updated with the latest releases of contextualized content and features engaging and interactive tools developed by UNICEF to make learning fun and engaging.

Alongside the Learning Passport, UNICEF is working closely with donors, partners and other UN agencies for an inclusive future with active adolescent and youth participation and civic engagement. Funded by the Government of the Netherlands, UNICEF and the International Labor Organization (ILO) are collaboratively supporting vulnerable youth in Iraq through the Prospects Partnership to develop skills and move from training to a decent employment and economic opportunities. Through this program, vulnerable young people, girls and boys, learn life, digital and entrepreneurial skills that are in demand in today’s job market.

For more information, please contact:

Miguel Mateos Muñoz, Head of Advocacy and Communications, UNICEF

[email protected]

Monica Awad, Communications Specialist, UNICEF

[email protected]

+964 780 925 8545

Nisreen Bathish, Communications Consultant

International Labor Organization (ILO)

Email: [email protected]

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